Minnesota residents in any job field can find themselves injured or ill due to a workplace accident, situation or environment. Workplace injuries can be caused by one-time events or can develop over the course of time. Such is the case with repetitive stress injuries. The Occupational Safety Health Administration website notes that there are more than 100 known types of these injuries that are caused by actions taken at worksites.
Minnesota workers are exposed to many things on the job that can cause an injury or an illness, but one of the most common is occupational hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is the third-most common chronic health condition among older Americans, after arthritis and hypertension. Furthermore, at least 11 percent of U.S workers have some degree of hearing loss, and 24 percent of this hearing loss is caused by exposure to conditions at the workplace.